White Stripes frontman and Detroit native Jack White lived in the home from 2003 to 2007, when he sold it to the current owners for $590,000. The house landed on our chart of the most-viewed homes on realtor.com® last week. We get it: Looky-loos were curious about where such a versatile singer and songwriter once called home.
Fans will want to see the storied staircase, where the group recorded the album “Get Behind Me Satan.” Regarding the unlikely recording locale, “White liked the acoustics,” explains listing agent Tom Ball.
Built in 1914 (for only $15,000!) for lawyer Ralph Phelps, according to Ball, the home still features many original details, including the plaster molding around light fixtures, coffered ceilings, and ornate wainscoting.
One wall between the living and dining rooms was removed to open up the space and improve the design flow. The other modern touches were mainly cosmetic, including bright paint colors, newer kitchen appliances, and the updated master bath.
Built on a secluded double lot, the 5,600-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-baths. Additionally, there’s a living room with fireplace and a formal dining room, both offering access to a sun porch. There’s also a butler’s pantry and an eat-in kitchen with porch access. The home comes with a big yard and a two-car garage.
While he lived there, White “did a ton of work on the house, mainly electrical,” the agent says. White also added a dressing room off the master suite and renovated the kitchen. The musician had a recording studio and arcade (complete with video games and pinball machines) in the basement. But he took all his toys with him when he moved.
Locals recalled seeing White and actress Renée Zellweger, whom he was dating at the time, around the Indian Village neighborhood. According to the agent, neighbors also got to enjoy impromptu concerts.
“When the weather was good, he would practice in his backyard,” Ball says.
What can we say, this house rocks.
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